OLDENBURG – PICKELHAUBE / SPIKED HELMET – ONE YEAR VOLUNTEER – DRAGONER-REGIMENT NR 19
This is a most interesting pickelhaube for a One Yer Volunteer (OYV) who served in Oldenburgisches Dragoner-Regiment Nr 19. This regiment was founded in 1849, was garrisoned in the capital city of Oldenburg, and was assigned to the X. Armeekorps.
The leather body of the helmet is in above average condition with the front visor being squared which is indicative of a Dragoner pickelhaube. There is extensive spidering to the leather body. As a OYV pickelhaube it has several officer features. This includes the wappen which has an open crown, an officer pear ring, and a very tall spike. The one item that is Enlisted Man/NCO are the lugs as opposed to officer stars and this one officer exception is what makes it a OYV.
Returning to the wappen for a moment it has a silver toned Prussian style wappen and on the chest is a gold sunburst with a silver Oldenburg coat of arms. All of the furniture is silver toned with the exception of the gilt convex chinscales. The final detail to the exterior are the correct NCO kokarden for the state of Oldenburg and the Reich.
As we examine the interior we see that it has an Enlisted man style leather liner All of the tongues are in place but there is no draw string. Generally a OYV would have a silk liner but the lack of one does not draw from this being a OYV helmet and is more a matter of pesonal taste. The wappen is secured by two small leather thongs. It is most likely a pre 1900 spike helmet.
A very fine and uncommon Dragoner pickelhaube to a OYV.